Many teachers have been there. You’ve seen a great video you want to share with your class, but the DOE blocks the showing of YouTube as well as other video sharing sites. Just when we find a workaround site, it is taken down or blocked in turn and you are unable to incorporate the video into your lesson.
WatchKnowLearn.org is a free Website available in both English and Spanish and can be an excellent resource to use in your classroom and for your children at home. It is a non-profit organization that wants to make educational videos available to students, teachers, librarians and parents at home and in an educational setting. The videos are chosen for children from ages 3 – 18. There are literally tens of thousands of videos available for watching.
There are videos available on ALL school subjects, including the Common Core Curriculum. A directory is provided to create better ease of accessibility in finding just what you want. Videos are provided from: TeacherTube; YouTube; graspr; School Tube; Internet Archive; slideboor; hulu; slideshare and brightstorm. WatchKnowLearn.org also partners with Citizendium and Curriki.
If you are worried about who is “behind the scenes” deciding what videos get posted, you are provided with a list of the Advisory Committee along with their backgrounds and affiliations. A number of the members are teachers or have connections to an educational institution.
While the site may not have the exact video you were looking for, it is still a nice back up to check for something that will help inspire your students or make a connection to their personal lives.